100 Tips for Saving Energy - Lighting and Landscaping
- In most homes, about 10-15% of the electricity bill is for lighting so energy saving light bulbs can cut your costs
considerably. Traditional bulbs waste a lot of energy by turning it into heat but energy saving bulbs work in the same
way as fluorescent lights, the tubes coating glows brightly as an electric current passed through gas in the tube.
- Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs ("CFL") may be more expensive to buy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs, but
they are worth the investment and last over 10 times longer and use about 25% of the energy. Where you would use a 100w
ordinary bulb, you would only need a 20-25w energy saving CFL bulb. With savings like this, changing bulbs throughout
your house could really cut your electricity costs.
- Install motion sensors on light switches.
- No matter what type of lighting you are using, always turn the lights off when you leave a room.
- You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs with dimmer switches to save money. A bulb dimmed by
25 per cent uses 10 per cent less energy.
- Check out the New Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs!!
Solar Garden Lights
- There are a number of different solar powered lights available at the moment for use in the garden. These lights are
highly energy efficient and convenient as do not require external extension leads or special electric fittings. These
lights contain solar cells which convert the suns energy into electricity. They charge up during the daylight and light
up as it gets dark. They are not usually hugely bright but are less intrusive than electric lights and look nice in the
Landscaping for Energy Savings
- Consider planting a deciduous tree on the south side of your lawn to block the sun during the summer, and let in solar
energy during the winter when it sheds its leaves.
- Planting the right vegetation can lower your energy consumption. A tree or shrub that shades your central air conditioner
can improve its efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
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